Elemelons, available for iPhone through the Apple iTunes App Store, is an interesting puzzler that is unique in the way that it provides a fairly rich universe for the characters in the game to inhabit.
The game has a humourous story where the human race has been punished for its vanity on social networks, with the four elements turned into melons. You can read pretty funny back stories for each of the four melon characters in the ‘discover’ section of the app. While not really needed for the game, I think that the extra effort to provide some story makes the game feel more rounded out than other, similar games and it is all the better for it.
The game itself is a colour matching puzzle game, with four different colours on each side of the screen. Melons will appear in the middle, and you must swipe them towards their corresponding colour.
It starts off pretty easily, but soon gets difficult when you have many different colours appearing at once. It is made all the harder by the way the melons can actually bounce into one another, sending them in the wrong direction, with things getting pretty hectic as you swipe around after a mistake, attempting to catch up with things.
Here, straight from the developer are the app’s best features:
Easy to use, addictive and with cool graphics: You’ll enjoy playing this simple and fun game. Compete for the best score in the Universe.
The game includes Game Center leaderboards to add an extra level of replay value to the game, and I liked the way you can take a selfie at the end of a play session, which could lead to some funny banter between friends.
The game is free to download and play, with some in-app purchases available if you so choose. I enjoyed my time with Elemelons, as it is the sort of game that you really grow into, once you get your head around the colour sorting. I do wish there were more than just the one mode to play through, but the one included is pretty fun and addictive.
Overall, this is a good-looking, good sounding game with excellent presentation. The gameplay is pretty addictive, and there are leaderboards to keep you coming back. Recommended for those looking for a new puzzle game with a touch of humour.